Ender’s Game: My Intro to Science Fiction

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

My well loved personal copy

Yesterday morning, I dusted off a copy of one of my favorite books: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I remember buying it at my middle school’s book fair, along with Dune by Frank Herbert. Those two books were my first forays into science fiction and I fell hard.

Both Frank Herbert and Orson Scott Card drew me into a futuristic world that wasn’t just about aliens and new planets. They were about how humanity reacted in times of hardship and what happens when the human race attempts to play God. I’ve re-read these two books numerous times. Each time I read them, I discover a different nuance that I completely missed before. Somehow the story seems brand new each time.

I have not touched my dusty mass market paperbacks of Ender’s Game or Dune in quite awhile, except to shuffle them from shelf to shelf as I purged my buckling bookshelves. Without hesitation, they went into the “keep” pile every time.  I’ve carried my copies of both books through many states in various boxes. One of these days, I’ll purchase hardcovers of them.

As you can imagine, I receive many books to review thanks to this site. It’s hard not to get distracted by each new, shiny delivery. I feel like a magpie or even the dog from the UP (Squirrel!) when I’m surrounded by all these books. So why did I pick up Ender’s Game now? Why so long in between readings when I use to read them every couple of years?

Last year, my friend Sandie of Teen Lit Rocks informed me that Ender’s Game is being made into a movie. It’s slated to come out November of this year. Then my friend Amy of Teachmama informed me that it’s considered a YA book now.

Ender's World by Orson Scott Card

Last week, I got my hands on a review copy of  Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game  edited by Orson Scott Card himself. The book is an anthology of short stories written by other authors that offer an alternative view, analysis, and stories in the Ender’s Game story line. Totally cool for a geeky science fiction fan like me. (They had me at “Ender’s Game.”) As I started reading the introduction, I realized that I needed an Ender’s Game refresher so I could play along.  I wanted the novel fresh in my mind for the anthology.

I’m looking forward to re-reading Ender’s Game. I wonder what new things I’ll discover this time. For a book written in 1985, its story and observations of human behavior are timeless.

What about you? What book introduced you to your favorite genre?